[News Magazine of the Screen, December 1950] (Part I)
Assassination attempt on President Harry S. Truman.
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Subject: European Royalty
Gustav V reigned from 1907 to 1950, during two world wars, like his collegues in Denmark and Norway. Before WW2 political and cultural influences came from Germany, the Heimat of Bismarck, Bach and Goethe. Gustav thought that Hitler had created law and order in Germany (his queen was a granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm). This wasn't an unusual view before 1944, and didn't really affect Swedish neutrality, which had it's price, like in the Cold War. The Royal Family of Denmark stayed in Copenhagen during Nazi occupation, while their Norwegian relatives and the government (including Trygve Lie) escaped to London. - King Gustav's casket is followed by the next generation of Scandinavian kings. First comes the new Swedish King, Gustav VI Adolf, his son and brother (Bertil and Vilhelm). Then we see Crown Prince Olav of Norway and the new King of Denmark, Frederik IX. Gustav Adolf's queen was a Mountbatten, but her Scandinavian collegues were Swedish princesses. The families would keep together, but only Sweden would keep neutrality. Now cultural influences came from the West, from Britain and U.S. - Replanning Britain, BBC, NATO, Hollywood, General Motors and Elvis Presley. The modern welfare states were built. Democratic collectivism inherited much from the old collectivism - the symbiosis of monarchy and a national church, but egalized and including the individual choice of religion. Monarchy changed to symbolic representation and some decades later, princes and princesses married commoners.
The same story is told from an other angle when the opening of the House of Commons is reported. It had been bombed in the Blitz and restored. King George VI is there, his queen and his successor, the young Crown Princess Elizabeth. Representatives of the colonies are there, and "Rule Britannia" is played while the Empire is falling violently. Still, parliamentary monarchy was born in Britain, and had survived. That's something to celebrate.
Between these reports Al Jolson is buried. We hear him sing "Swanee" with black paint in his face and serve as a soldier in Korea, now in the role of a white jewish man. The rituals of European monarchy are contrasted to the memory of slavery in the free America. It seems ironic today, but perhaps it wasn't to many people in 1950. I guess the Americans replaced Royalty, the national church and the strong state with religious equality, a divine authority and philantrophy. Welfare programs like the New Deal and the Great Society represent bridges between these worlds, the ambition to do something about the evils of both worlds. - That's what I've learned from studying 1930s America and Scandinavia for some time - but I may be wrong in some parts.
Subject: Al Jolson tries to assassinate Truman!
Speaking of Puerto Rico, who were under US command at the time, was experiencing somewhat of a coup.. Its the same party that tried to assassinate Truman! They get around Anyways, their attempt fails at home too. We visit the ringleader in Jail1 Well, Hi there! After that, we get a gloss over at how wonderful their political and economic system is. Whoa it just KEEPS going. Alright already!
Finally, we go on to another topic.. The head of the U.N. is reelected for another 3
years! Yay! He gives a speech..
Next.. Swedens King Gustav V is dead and buried! People with funny hats come out to mourn.
Whoa!! Al Jolson died! Not that I didnt know, but this is amazing. We see his funeral! He just came back from Korea entertaining the troops there.. We see a tribute of his work1 Whoa!!! We see and hear Mammy!! Obviously, since the Jazz Singer is a WB movie, then they have the rights to show it.. Whoa! Swanee!!! Where was this taken from? Hmmm..
OK, after that incredible segment, more news segments.. Britains House of Commons re-opens! They were destroyed by the Nazis (never knew that), and countries donated different items to restore it to its glory! Canada donated a table! YAY! The king comes!! Theres Elizabeth as well! The Queen Mom! Woo! This is GREAT!
Next, where else to go BUT female trapshooters? YES! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! go the clay pigeons!
And THEN?? SEVEN YEAR OLD HORSE JUMPERS!!! Man, this volume is great! Oh god, that horse is clearly too big for her.
After that.. ATOM BOMB TESTS!! (clearly, newsreel people need better editors). This one happens at Eniwetok atoll! They blast 8 (!!) off, to test it against certain materials (sailors included)..
Oh, that was GREAT. This is a MUST SEE on this site!!
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